ASCENSION SERIES – THE CELEBRATION

jesus_returns_to_the_fatherASCENSION SERIES

 

THE CELEBRATION 

 

Ephesians 4:8
Therefore it is said, When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive [He led a train of vanquished foes] and He bestowed gifts on men.

 

What is a train?

 

( A succession of vehicles or pack animals traveling the same direction)

 

4: 8 [17] 4: 8 Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Holy Bible: “He conquered those who had conquered us—such as sin, the devil, and death.”

 

A train:
The Romans were forceful and showy – they made a public spectacle of their victims of war!   They did not kill them and live them over there at the battle ground No!
The captured ones would be tied like a train – one behind the other and be brought back into the city for all citizens to see.

 

They may be big but they are captured!
They may be intimidating but they are prisoners!
They may still be dangerous in themselves but they are conquered!
They may have been bullies but they are bound!

 

NB :    When the people would see the kind of enemies their leaders have to face and conquer – there would be admiration and great respect accorded to them.

 

JESUS conquered sickness , death and the devil – they are conquered  –  but he did not leave them in hell – they are still here!  IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE BIND THEM – THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO OBEY . . . . THEY ARE PRISONERS OF WAR!!!

 

And when we see sickness, eg Cancer, HIV , healed. Our hearts get a great admiration for our Captain – JESUS!

 

We see cancer, but it is conquered!
We see HIV but it is H E A L E D!
We see migraines but they must migrate back to hell
We see TB but it is Broken
Pain is swallowed by Peace
Poverty bows down to prosperity
And the ice of despair evaporates at the rising Sun of Hope!!!

 

Now, imagine a train of conquered soldiers tied one behind the other!
The general pulls one and the rest follow:

 

NB : Call volunteers to demonstrate!

 

The first prisoner of war – chief among them was sin. Then sickness, despair , anxiety , pain , anger , suffering , lack , cruelty, low- self esteem , . . . The last one is called death.    Once these were captured, the devil has no soldiers to fight his dirty battles.

 

Look at :

 

Colossians 2:15
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

 

He tied sin, sickness , death , . . . All for the enemies of our Peace and  Progress

 

As a result;  where sin is forgiven , sickness must bow ,

 

Have No fear! Sin , even the one that ” so easily entangles” – it shall not have dominion over you!!! It is bound It is defeated. . . . .  You will go home free of lust today!  Addiction to porn cannot hold on any longer – it is captured!

 

TESTIMONY:
One of our precious leaders – a loving dedicated man was diagnosed HIV positive and beacame sick nigh unto death!  We prayed – I will not forget the loving determination of the wife – (you know – in difficult times – the best or the worst in people shows) – she stood by him strong in prayer!!!
The LORD honored us – the precious man arose but the virus was still visible.

 

The time a test came – they checked on him and the virus could not be found.  The medical insurance called – sir , we’ll have to reduce your premiums because the virus cannot be found in you!!!!   HALLELUJAH!    It’s years now and they are still living happily and even have a miracle baby, when they’d struggled for years to conceive.

 

1.     CAPTIVITY HAS BEEN LED CAPTIVE

 

Sin, sickness  and the nagging suffering that they cause a person to give up quickly.

 

Job 42:10
And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

 

2.       Gifts were given in celebration of the victory :
It was always a survival of the fittest!
If those conquered had not been conquered – be sure it would only be a matter of time they would be coming after the others.

 

Satan and his team don’t live you alone because you let them alone!

 

THIS VICTORY WAS SIGNIFICANT!!!

 

David did this:

 

1 Samuel 30:26
When David came to Ziklag, he sent part of the spoil to the elders of Judah, his friends, saying, Here is a gift for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord:

 

GOD DID IT TO JOB:

 

Job 42:10
And the Lord turned the CAPTIVITY of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord GAVE JOB TWICE AS MUCH as he had before.

 

JESUS DID IT TO THE CHURCH

 

List the gifts
Apostles
Prophets
Teachers
Pastors
Evangelists

 

But Above All GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT BECAME OUR GREATEST GIFT!!!!

 

GOD IS BIG ON GIFTS!!!

 

HE SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE . . . . 

 

CELEBRATE THE GIFT!!!! How? 

 

The legal definition of a gift is:
There must be an offer
There must be a recipient
There must be no expectation of payment

 

By accepting the gift?
JESUS IS A GIFT. – ACCEPT HIM

 

HOLY SPIRIT IS A GIFT – ACCEPT HIM

 

YOUR LEADERS ARE A GIFT – ACCEPT THEM

 

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